Linked by Massimo Sandal on Thu 7th Jul 2005 20:14 UTC
Linux Recently in a post on my blog I argued that, despite many claims to the contrary, GNU/Linux is almost ready for the desktop. In particular, I argued that GNU/Linux is already a very good and easy desktop if people just take the time to learn its very basic differences with Windows before actually using it. Note: Don't forget to rate this article!
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I agree
by Clinton on Thu 7th Jul 2005 21:10 UTC
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2005-07-05

I think Linux is already a great desktop. I think the reason people don't switch to it in droves boils down to familiarity. Therefore, when companies start adopting Linux and forcing their people to use it at work, people will start using it at home too. Windows isn't superior to Linux in any way, but it is what people are familiar with.

You don't have to look any further than DOS vs. MacOS or Amiga to see that I'm right. Back in the 80s DOS was ugly, had poor memory management, and was difficult to use and configure. Mac and Amiga machines were easy to use, were beautiful (especially the Amigas), and were easy to configure; yet DOS machines won out in the home market mainly because DOS was what people used at work and it was what they were familiar with.

When people are forced by their employers to become familiar with Linux, they'll start switching at home too. Once that happens, the Adobe's of the world will jump on board and that will be that. At least that's my opinion.

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RE: I agree
by on Fri 8th Jul 2005 04:02 in reply to "I agree"
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Very true Clinton!
BTW there was also something called Atari ST - the midi machine - technically not as advanced as the Amiga, but with a professionaly usable screen resolution - even better than on most Macs at the time.

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RE: I agree
by on Fri 8th Jul 2005 11:36 in reply to "I agree"
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Don't forget that back then DOS also came pre´nstalled with most IBM computers, that's why people used it at work: no re´nstalling to do.

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RE: I agree
by thryllkill on Fri 8th Jul 2005 14:38 in reply to "I agree"
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2005-07-08

I am tired of people saying Linux is "almost" ready for the desktop. Linux has been a usable desktop for a long time. Back a few years my girlfriend was pretty much computer illiterate, and yet it did not take me much time at all to get her up and running with no problems on a SuSe 6.1 machine.

I agree with you completly, it all comes down to familiarity, not usability or how "slick" it looks.

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